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These turtles are almost too cute to eat. (Photo: Joseph De Leo.)

We’re crazy about the Hand-Crafted Candy Bars cookbook! Screw all those preservatives and artificial crap, we’re going back to old-school candymaking techniques with these Caramel Pecan Tortoises. Cute, but importantly, functional. Inspired by a much-loved confection in the shape of a similar slow-moving reptile, we use pecans, caramel and chocolate to produce jaunty tortoises with edible marzipan heads. We roast our pecans, mix up rich caramel and use top-quality milk chocolate for the dipped “shells.” The result is almost too cute to eat.